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NEWVILLE, Ala. — Mourners are crowding into a small church in rural southeastern Alabama for the funeral of the Rev. Al Sharpton’s mother.


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The 200-seat Center Baptist Church in Newville was nearly full before the start of Ada Sharpton’s funeral. She died at 87 on Thursday following a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.

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Sharpton traveled to Newville from Sanford, Fla., where he has been leading rallies and supporting the family of Trayvon Martin. The unarmed teenager was fatally shot last month by a neighborhood watch volunteer, George Zimmerman, who says the shooting was self-defense.

Sharpton and other civil rights leaders say Zimmerman should be arrested and prosecuted for Martin’s death.

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